Israel has stolen scores of confidential documents belonging to Jerusalem al-Quds Islamic Waqf (Endowment) organization, according to the Hawzah News Agency.
The head of al-Quds International Center, Hassan Khater, said on Monday that the move had taken place in the aftermath of a reported shootout on July 14 near the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which left two Israeli soldiers and three Palestinians dead.
Following the shootout, Israel fully closed off the compound, set up metal detectors at the entrances and installed security cameras at the site. The move prompted Palestinians to protest against Israeli regime’s aggression, leading to Israeli forces’ withdrawal from the site.
The stolen documents include papers proving the organization’s ownership of a large number of immovable properties as well as confidential files bearing information on the mosque and religious courthouses, Khater said.
“The papers feature data on around 90 percent of the properties lying in Jerusalem al-Quds’ Old City, where the compound is located, which could enable Tel Aviv to confiscate the properties upon misuse,” he noted.
During the recent crackdown, Israeli troops evicted the organization’s staffers, whom the body had stationed there to conduct administrative duties.
According to latest figures, 15 Palestinians have been killed and some 1,400 others sustained injuries in the latest clashes.